Road closing

East Liverpool officials were expected to have a section of lower Lisbon Street — from its beginning at West Eighth Street to where is meets Ninth Street — closed this morning, indefinitely to through traffic, due to concerns with the roadway, near Walker Way, which has corroded, creating a dangerous situation for motorists. (Review photo)

EAST LIVERPOOL — All but local traffic is being re-routed around a section of lower Lisbon Street in the city, beginning today, closed between Ninth and West Eighth streets, due to safety concerns with underlying drainage pipes.

Service-Safety Director Brian Allen, who made the closure announcement, had told city council’s street committee Tuesday he anticipated the road closure due to holes opening up in that area from what he believes was the use of inferior galvanized pipes when the road was built many years ago.

After speaking with the Ohio Department of Transportation, Allen said he came away with little hope that the state agency will fund repairs, even though Lisbon Street is actually state Route 267.

He said, however, these repairs will be costly and extensive, more than the city can financially handle.

Allen said Wednesday that ODOT had already installed detour signs in anticipation of the closing, routing traffic away from state Route 267/Lisbon Street onto state Route 11.

He said sewer cameras will be used to inspect the lines, and an estimate for the repairs will be prepared for ODOT’s review with hope that funding is available.